This passage recounts the last of the ten plagues God brought upon Egypt, the means by which the Israelites escaped from slavery in Egypt, thus explaining the origins of the Israelite Passover Festival.
- 12:1-20 The LORD gives instructions to Moses and Aaron.
- 12:21-27a Moses passes on the instructions to the elders of Israel.
- 12:27b-30 The Israelites obey the instructions, and the firstborn of Egypt are killed.
"Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch - as you really are. For Christ, the Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." [1 Corinthians 5:6-8]Because Jesus Christ has died in my place, I am to live as one "unleavened" by sin. I keep the Passover Festival with honesty. (This is the same message as Amos gave, from the previous day's reading.)
In my day to day life, sincerity means saying what I mean and doing what I say, particularly to my kids. I can't make spur of the moment promises to my kids that I have no intention of keeping, or am likely to forget. I can't tell my kids I'll do something with them or for them if I am not going to do it. I need to watch my words carefully, and make sure my deeds match my words. That is sincerity.
In my day to day life, truth means teaching my kids the gospel, explaining biblical doctrine to them, taking time to answer their many questions about God. I need to listen when my six year old prays at the dinner table, "God, help me to believe in you because I haven't seen you yet", and patiently and consistently tell him about Jesus, who came to make the invisible God visible. I need to be careful what I type here on my blog, careful to write only truth about Jesus, as I have learnt it from God's word, the Bible. When I lead women's Bible studies, I need to be watch my words closely, so I do not inadvertently teach falsehoods about the LORD God. And I need to remember that Jesus is the ultimate Truth [John 14:6].
> Are you honest, sincere and truthful at all times and in all matters?